TuffWrap® Names New Safety Manager
TuffWrap is happy to welcome Jim Conte as our new Safety Manager. Jim comes to us with 18 years of experience in construction safety. During his career, he has worked for a variety of
companies developing, maintaining and implementing safety programs.
Jim has an MS in Safety Management from West Virginia University and is familiar with OSHA, MSHA and DOT. He is also CPR/FA Certified, a Defensive Driving Instructor and an Accredited Office Ergonomic Specialist (AOES).
We asked Jim a few questions about his past work experience and his new role as TuffWrap Safety Manager:
What type of safety programs have you implemented in the past that have been particularly successful?
I have developed a management safety accountability program which gives all levels of management and employees certain responsibilities toward safety on a routine basis. This ensures the entire organization is involved by completing safety audits, tasks and feedback regularly. All information is gathered and shared company-wide to educate everyone on the current state of the company’s safety efforts.
In addition, I have established behavioral based safety audits, which involve fellow employees observing each other on a weekly basis for a few minutes each day. This information is also gathered and shared company-wide to bring safety to the forefront.
I also have developed and streamlined supervisor reports to involve them more in the safety of their crews and the conditions they deal with. These types of improvements have drastically lowered injuries, incident rates and loss ratios as well as improved employee involvement toward safety and increased employee morale.
What is it about being involved with safety/the safety manager role that you enjoy?
I enjoy people and being out in the field observing and interacting with employees. I consider it an opportunity to educate myself further about what an employee has to endure to get the job done. It is critical to personally observe and understand the hazards that exist on the job in order to make successful recommendations/controls to mitigate those hazards.
What are your primary goals for any safety program?
My main goal for the past 20 years has been that I want every employee under my watch to go home at the end of the day the same way they arrived at work: safe and injury free. A successful safety program ensures employees have a complete understanding of what is expected of them. It keeps them educated on regulations from government agencies. It also gives them the ability to know if a job is unsafe and if they should stop work and ask questions. An employee should not feel that they could get in trouble for expressing their safety concerns.
What drew you to TuffWrap and what do you see for our future and how we can continue to evolve in a growing industry?
What drew me to Tuff Wrap is their commitment to their employees in providing a safe work environment. I enjoy the ability to be on jobsites with our installers to best understand the obstacles that they face on each job. I think our product is world class, and I see changes every day regarding new safety regulations and requirements from our valued customers. By adhering to our safety program, training requirements and customer safety policies, our main goal here at TuffWrap will be accomplished: To be injury and incident free.